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Ferry Building

Ferry Building

star-4.5
3,468 Reviews
Free admission
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 94105

The Basics

With its imposing 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower, the Ferry Building is the San Francisco waterfront’s crown jewel. And it’s not just a waiting room for Bay Area ferry commuters—it’s a thriving marketplace with dozens of artisan producers in its vaulted food hall serving everything from hand-churned ice cream and local honey to Blue Bottle coffee and Acme Bread Company’s famous sourdough. Always-packed restaurants—including Gott's Roadside, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door—call the Ferry Building home, and the farmers market offers wildly fresh produce, meat, seafood, and prepared eats three days a week. Walk along the esplanade for great views of the Bay Bridge.

Many city tours—such as combo tours including Alcatraz—start or end at this iconic spot on the Embarcadero, while food tours of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market explore the property in-depth. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well. If you have more time, catch a ferry boat from the Ferry Building to Sausalito or arrive via private yacht charter from Napa.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Loved the tour!!
Nancy_B, Jul 2021
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Our host was very knowledgeable, the food was great and we had a very enjoyable time! We got to learn lots of history of the Ferry Building and learned a lot about the vendors and the local sourcing there.
star-4
Delicious Food but Overpriced
SuzyI26, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
I took this tour because I couldn’t get Alcatraz tickets and this included a ticket. The food was delicious but I feel as the tour is overpriced for what you get.
star-4
A fun adventure
Safari291633, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
This attraction was one we picked only because we wanted to see Alcatraz, but we were happy we did. The food was a good variety and Carol was a great tour guide. We were full for the whole day. The ferry building was so fun, we went back to shop around again before our trip ended. Thanks for a fun time.
star-5
Food Tour and Alcatraz
greg0rygruber, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Great food, super guide (Henry) and fun/interesting tour of Alcatraz. Enjoyed by all. Only wish it could have lasted longer.
star-5
Kind and Lucky
Quest10770429125, Jul 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
We were late for our food tour and the organizer emailed me saying the guide was looking for us. So kind! We are able to still go on the Alcatraz tour-which was very cool. So lucky!
star-5
Great Experience
JCKVT10, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Tori lead this food tour, and she was awesome. She grew up in San Fran, so gave her personal insight on the city and the history of the Ferry Building. We walked around this neat attraction while sampling all kinds of foods that the unique vendors had to offer. It was def more than just nibbles, too! It was all so good and tasty- I def recommend this experience! After the sampling is done, tickets for Alcatraz are handed out and it's a quick walk to the pier from the Ferry Building. Thanks for the wonderful experience!!
star-5
Full of surprises!
fututreboy3, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
We were very pleasantly surprised by the awesome food tour! Honestly, we booked this tour so that we could get tickets to Alcatraz (because the those tickets were sold out everywhere else) but the food tour was great. Our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable about the area, the shops and the chefs. We sampled many vendors, we loved the chicken and waffles, macaroons, chocolates, cheeses, spring rolls and more! This tour was at 10:00 am and we were glad we didn't eat breakfast first so we could thoroughly enjoy the portion sizes. You won't go home hungry, lol. Wish we knew about the Ferry Building before our last day in San Francisco so we could have eaten at more of the shops. This tour took around an hour and then Alcatraz was in the early afternoon. The ferry ride was nice, not to crowded. It's definitely a hike to get to the cell block audio tour but it's very informative and the view is gorgeous. We had a great time!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ferry Building is a must for foodies.

  • The marketplace is exceptionally busy during rush hour, and an hour before and after games and events at AT&T Park.

  • Situated on San Francisco’s waterfront, weather can shift quickly from bright and sunny to foggy and cold. Dress in layers.

  • Restrooms are located on either end of the main hall.

  • Ferry Building restaurants and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Public transit to the Ferry Building is plentiful and convenient. MUNI’s E, F, J, K, L, M, N, and T street cars and 10, 12, and 41 bus lines all stop within two blocks of the Ferry Building, as does BART (Embarcadero station). Ferries to Alameda, Sausalito, Larkspur, and Vallejo dock at the Ferry Building.

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When to Get There

Hours for individual businesses vary but the Ferry Building is generally open 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday; it is closed on Christmas. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and 8am to 2pm Saturday. Everything is quieter between the morning and afternoon rushes, and in the winter months.

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Committed to the Local Food Shed

First opened in 1898, the Ferry Building remains an important cog in San Francisco’s transportation wheel, with regular ferry, bus, and streetcar service. In recent years, the space became an important focal point for the internationally renowned local food scene. Small, regional farmers and independently owned and operated businesses are the norm here. It is both haven and incubator for artisan food and wine producers from Northern California, and the triweekly farmers market attracts chefs and locals in search of the best produce around.

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